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A Political Theology of Nature

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  • Offering a Christian response to ecological crisis, this book argues that our present-day ecological problems are due to the displacement of the triune God and the subsequent separation of humanity from nature. Peter Scott contends that this situation can be decisively addressed only within theology. Drawing insights from ecology, ecofeminism, and social and socialist ecologies, he proposes a common realm of God, nature and humanity. Both Trinitarian and political, this common realm offers a theological rationale for an ecological democracy, founded on the ecological renewal secured by Christ's resurrection.

    • Innovative theological re-interpretation of the relationship between nature and humanity
    • Offers a bold new solution to ecological crisis based on the combination of theology with political philosophies of ecology
    • Insightful analysis of deep ecology, ecofeminism, social and socialist ecologies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Deeply Chistocentric and Trinitarian in its theological vision, the book is also profoundly political, arguing persuasively that the way out of our ongoing debasement of the natural world requires a new political theology that is sensitive to the social and political complexity of our ecological crisis." Choice

    "Engaging, challenging, refreshingly political, and deeply grounded in the Chrisitian tradition." Theological Studies

    "This new work by Peter Scott makes a powerful case for a social and political basis for ecological theology...The book is elegantly written and precise in its criticisms of contemporary theologies influenced by deep ecology." - The Journal of Religion Mark I. Wallace, Swarthmore College

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    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511059902
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. God, Nature and Modernity:
    1. Nature in Christian theology: politics, context and strategies
    2. The common realm of God, nature and humanity
    Part II. The Politics of Nature:
    3. The return of nature: deep ecology
    4. The re/production of nature: ecofeminism
    5. The dialectical emergence of nature and society: social ecology
    6. The production of nature: socialist ecology
    Part III. The Triune God and Un/natural Humanity:
    7. Common nature: the worldly Christ
    8. Un/natural fellowship: life in the Spirit
    9. God-body: Un/natural relations, un/natural community in Jesus Christ.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Theology and Culture
  • Author

    Peter Scott, University of Manchester
    PETER SCOTT is Lecturer in Theology in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Gloucestershire.

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